The number of Iowans who filed initial unemployment claims increased more than 13% last week to 4,791, Iowa Workforce Development reported today. The state agency attributed the rise to the annual increase in unemployment claims due to workers in construction and landscaping being laid off because of cooler weather.  Typically, unemployment claims begin to inch […]

Continuing unemployment claims filed in Iowa between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 totaled 51,666, a decrease of 6,753 from the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported this week. There were 4,730 initial claims filed in Iowa. Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $14,767,817 for the week.  Industries with the most unemployment claims were manufacturing (959), health […]

The number of unemployment claims filed by Iowans during Sept. 13-19 was 63,291, a decrease of 2,131 from the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported today. Iowans filed 6,601 first-time unemployment claims last week.  Industries with the most claims last week were manufacturing (1,483), construction (1,043), health care and social assistance (440), accommodation and food services […]

Iowa gained 29,300 jobs in July, pushing total nonfarm employment to 1.48 million, Iowa Workforce Development reported today. Private industries added 20,700 jobs, fueled by service industries such as health care and social assistance along with administrative and support services. Overall, Iowa’s July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.6%. In June, the rate was 8.4%. […]

The start of Amazon’s hiring process for a fulfillment center under construction in Bondurant is coming at a time when thousands of Iowans remain unemployed and many will be required to begin actively searching for work starting in September. Iowa Workforce Development today announced that beginning Sept. 8 it will reinstate its requirement that unemployed […]

The amount of additional unemployment benefits provided to out-of-work Iowans through a federal program topped $1 billion last week, according to data released today by Iowa Workforce Development. Since April 4, $1,055,653,200 has been paid to unemployed Iowans from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation fund, approved by Congress as part of a $2 trillion coronavirus […]

The amount of money paid out of Iowa’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund last week fell to $40.5 million, the lowest weekly amount paid since mid-April, according to information released today by Iowa Workforce Development. The decline provides some relief to the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund, which currently has a balance of $826.35 million, according […]

State official cautions that it’s too early to speculate on how quickly unemployed Iowans will return to work The number of Iowans filing unemployment claims fell nearly 12% from the previous week, an indication workers are beginning to return to work as restaurants, bars and retail businesses begin to reopen after ordered closed to slow […]

More than 15,000 Iowans last week filed first-time jobless claims, the lowest number since the state was essentially shut down in mid-March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. New data released by Iowa Workforce Development shows that 15,411 unemployed Iowans filed unemployment insurance claims during the week that ended May 9, 37% fewer […]

Iowa paid out more than $27.5 million in unemployment benefits last week A record 67,334 Iowans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, 15% higher than the number of first-time claims filed the previous week, according to newly released data from Iowa Workforce Development. In addition, another 92,962 Iowans continued to collect unemployment during the […]

Nearly 42,000 Iowans filed for initial unemployment benefits Nearly 42,000 Iowans last week filed for initial unemployment benefits, one-third of which were from the restaurant, bar and lodging industries, according to newly released data from Iowa Workforce Development. Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association president and CEO, expects the unemployment claims to be even higher next […]

Iowa Workforce Development, responding to an anticipated surge in unemployed Iowans because of temporary business closures due to the coronavirus, has loosened its guidelines for qualifying for unemployment benefits. In addition, the state is waiving unemployment insurance fees that are charged to businesses when workers file unemployment claims. The charge is being waived only in […]